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Police: 14-year-old stole squad car, led high-speed chase

January 11, 2021 GMT

PERRY, Iowa (AP) — A 14-year-old girl stole a police car over the weekend and led officers on a dangerously high-speed chase, police in west-central Iowa said.

The incident began Sunday afternoon in Coon Rapids, when the girl jumped behind the wheel of a Coon Rapids Police Department car and took off, television station KCCI reported. A chase ensued, involving officers from Coon Rapids, Perry, and Dallas, Guthrie and Greene counties, and reportedly reached speeds over 110 mph, the Iowa State Patrol said.

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Officers eventually used tire-puncturing strips to disable and stop the stolen police car on Highway 141 near Perry, the patrol said.

The girl was arrested on suspicion of first-degree theft, theft of firearms, eluding and several traffic violations.